This cap poster was produced by the Star Struck apparel company in 1998. This poster has significant meaning for me personally, and I received it as a complementary gift inside the box when I ordered a cap from the company in that year. The poster is also useful for historic data collection. As an example, the left-hand margin of the poster features logos from the 14 leagues represented by the caps, and a few of them I have never seen on the internet or anywhere else.
On the poster, 158 team caps were depicted, including the affiliates of the then brand-new Diamondbacks and Devil Rays. Though that 158 number is quite close to the 160 we see today (from Rookie-Advanced to Triple-A levels), it’s more like a case of “too much here, too little there,” and the end result is about the same number. To give you an idea: in 1998, neither expansion team had a Double-A team, making 28, yet there were 32 Class-A Advanced teams. The caps are arranged alphabetically by place name, and each entry features a cap with logo, a blue strip with team name and state/country abbreviation in parentheses, the team’s stadium, major league affiliate, minor league level, and minor league that the team operates in.
Looking at the big picture (literally) there are a few trends that pop out. As one would expect of the time period, the colors teal and purple are very well represented. Interestingly, earthier tones were also quite popular, with plenty of green, but also smatterings of brown, tan, and burgundy.
I’ve selected a sample of 32 teams to prominently display on this page and to provide a little commentary. There are a few different reasons why I’ve selected these 32, but generally speaking, these are either short-lived teams or short-lived logos/colors. Since I have cap posters from 1995 and 2003, it’s fairly easy to get a sense of what was specific to the time around 1998. Please forgive some of the impurities of the images. I had this poster folded and rolled up in a storage tote for the better part of 20 years, and also the photography is not always perfect, to say the least.